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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reviewing the Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8

Note: I am going through a very busy period, with a lot of personal & other obligations. The frequency of articles might suffer a bit for the next couple of months or so, but I expect to be back on a quasi-weekly form by Christmas. Thanks! 



 General


I've reviewed several E Series lenses, and most of them are pretty good - you get a good optical quality for your money. Having said that, all of these lenses are manual focus (duh!), and won't meter on entry-level Nikons. So, what's their value in today's world? That sounds like an excessively philosophical question, so let's just see what the Nikon Series E has to offer, and take it from there.



Pros/Cons

+ cheap, simple, small, light, expendable. Just what you expect from a good traveling lens (more below).
+ optically no real-world complaints. It won't blow your mind, but no glaring flaws either.
+ f/2.8 at this price? I'll take it, sure.

Monday, October 23, 2017

AmateurNikon is no longer on Twitter (and here's why)

Note: I am going through a very busy period, with a lot of personal & other obligations. The frequency of articles might suffer a bit for the next couple of months or so, but I expect to be back on a quasi-weekly form by Christmas. Thanks! 
 
Perceptive readers might have noticed that the Twitter sign is missing from the "Stay Connected" graphic above (on desktop computers). The reason is that AmateurNikon is no longer on Twitter.No, nothing controversial has happened. I did not get into a fight with someone (I'm not the kind of person who would do that, particularly online).

There are two aspects on why I deactivated AmateurNikon's Twitter account: there is an incentive aspect and a realization aspect. In other words, my hand was essentially forced, but the whole process also made me realize some things which are important, and which is the reason I decided to post about it.


It all began one fine day, when I tried to access my Twitter account. I got the notification that my account was locked due to violating the terms of service, and I could unlock it by requesting an SMS. Now, that was a huge shock, because I never spammed, mass-(un)followed, or threatened anyone. The only thing you could find on AmateurNikon's Twitter account was photos, links to AmateurNikon articles, and some occasional exchange of opinions on photography. That's it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Things Beginner Photographers Worry about (but Shouldn't)

Note: I am going through a very busy period, with a lot of personal & other obligations. The frequency of articles might suffer a bit for the next couple of months or so, but I expect to be back on a quasi-weekly form by Christmas. Thanks! 

The Internet is a wonderful tool. Just like a real, physical library, it contains a vast amount of information that can solve many problems or answers many queries. But, just like with books, you must learn to filter the information. As the Internet is specifically based on its users, this also means that substandard, erroneous, or simply misleading information can also be propagated.

None of the things listed below can prevent you to take images
such as this.

Today I'll give you a list with the top-5 things beginner photographers worry about (though they shouldn't). These are things we have all considered at some point or another during our journey from learning how to operate a camera to making great images. Some of the following things, to some extent, in some occasions might actually be things to ponder on. But in most cases, they're just distractions that have been blown out of proportions.

In other words, the list of the things below is things that do not hold you back from making great photos.

So, let's begin